ICH 6 October 2012: Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid

6 October 2012  — Information Clearing House

On the Killing of Eight Afghan Women

By John Dear S.J.

Who cares about the death of eight Afghan women from our bombs?



Of Bombs and Comics

By Uri Avnery

Does Israel control US policy? Does the tail wag the dog?



Why I Dislike Israel

By Philip Giraldi

The existence of good upstanding Israelis doesn’t alter the fact that the governments that they have elected are essentially part of a long-running criminal enterprise.



In Pictures – : The Destruction of Aleppo, Syria’s Oldest City

By The Atlantic

36 photos depicting the savage destruction of a people and their city.



Protest To Your Own War Criminals?

Call For Their Arrest Prosecution Punishment!

By Jay Janson

Two towns in Vermont have shown us the way by passing city ordinances for the arrest of the President and Vice President.



In case you missed it

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

By Vincent Bugliosi

Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers and over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world.



Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid

By Noam Chomsky

There are two issues of overwhelming significance, because the fate of the species is at stake: environmental disaster, and nuclear war.



Vote WikiLeaks

By Julian Assange

WikiLeaks has decided to intervene in the U.S. election campaign.



To Vote Or Not To Vote?

These Guys

2 Minute Video

You want these guys back? Whaddaya, crazy?



Another Phony Employment Report

By Paul Craig Roberts

A truer picture of the dire employment situation is provided by the 600,000 rise over the previous month in involuntary part-time workers.



Top 10 Astonishing Police Brutality Videos Caught on Surveillance Cameras

By Clint Henderson

This top 10 list is controversial, and not for the faint of heart.



It’s Not America Anymore

By Brandon Smith

The American value of representation by and for the people is lost.



This Columbus Day… Time to Break the Silence

By Bill Bigelow

The deeper problem was the subtext of the Columbus story: it’s OK for big nations to bully small nations, for white people to dominate people of color, to celebrate the colonialists with no attention paid to the perspectives of the colonized.



Presidential Debate Aftermath:

Mitt Romney Wins All-Important BS Contest

By Matt Taibbi

Reporters should have instantly pelted Romney with bags of dogshit for insulting the American people with this ridiculous non-answer, but he was instead praised for the canny “strategy” hidden in the response.



012 Debates

By Carl Gibson

Until the two corporate parties relinquish control of the CPD and allow other candidates to have more of a say, every 4 years will always include the same charade this time of year.



A Plan to Topple Hugo? 

By Mike Whitney

This is why Washington hates Chavez.



Venezuelan Elections: a Choice and Not an Echo

By James Petras

A defeat will provide Obama or Romney with a trampoline to re-launch the reactionary neo-liberal and militarist policies of the pre-Chavez era – the infamous Clinton decade(of the 1990’s) of pillage, plunder, privatization and poverty.



More than 70 “Taliban” killed in one day: :

Up to 70 Taliban militants have been killed in military operations and direct fighting with security forces in different Afghan provinces within a 24-hour period of time, authorities said.



9 “Armed Taliban” Killed In Military Operation In Kandahar:

9 “Taliban rebels” were killed in NATO air attack in Kandahar province this morning.



2 American occupation force troops killed in Afghanistan:

The military said in a statement that the two were killed Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months.



Panetta says Karzai should thank, not criticize, allied forces fighting in Afghanistan:

“I think it would be helpful if the president, every once in a while, expressed his thanks for the sacrifices that have been made by those who have fought and died for Afghanistan, rather than criticizing them.”



US drones will be shot down, promises Imran Khan:

Imran Khan has promised to order the Pakistan air force to shoot down American drones if he takes power in a general election due in the first half of next year.



Pakistan rally against US drone attacks convoy reaches DI Khan; leaves for Waziristan Sunday morning:

Crowds lined the road to greet Khan, and scrums of media and well-wishers thronged his 4X4 as the convoy of more than 100 vehicles embarked on the 440-kilometre drive from Islamabad to South Waziristan.



Free Syrian Army Fighters Killed on Lebanon’s border:

Dozens of fighters of Free Syrian Army (FSA) have been killed in a large-scale operation of government forces in Homs province, near the border with Lebanon, Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV reported on Saturday.



Turkey and Syria trade fire as border skirmishes continue:

Turkey exchanged mortar fire with Syria for a fourth straight day on Saturday as tensions between the two nations remained high. The skirmish comes a day after Turkey‘s Prime Minister warned Syria not to make a “fatal mistake”.



Turkey’s PM warns nation ‘not far from war’ with Syria:

One day after winning blanket authority to send forces into Syria, Turkey‘s prime minister warned Friday that his country is “not far from war” and said that it would be a “deadly mistake” for the Syrian government to test Turkey‘s will.



Turkey deploys tanks, armored vehicles along Syria border:

Turkey has deployed tanks and armored vehicles along its border with Syria whose army is engaged in intense fighting with insurgents as tensions in the region escalate.



Reports: Syria pulls tanks back from Turkish border:

A Turkish official said Syria has pulled tanks and other military equipment away from its border with Turkey, according to the Associated Press.



Iran reacts to Syrian rebels’ threat to kill 48 kidnapped Iranians:

Though a video released on You Tube, Syrian rebels said they will kill a group of Iranians captured in Syria in August after 48 hours, if Syrian regime and Iran do not put end to strike over Syrian citizens.



Syria’s Kurds flock to Iraq to prepare for Assad’s onslaught:

Secret training camps are revealed as Turkish forces open fire again



Iraq: Roadside bombs kill 5 including soldier:

Police officials say that the first explosion went off around noon on Saturday, targeting an Iraqi army patrol in the Sunni town of Taji just north of the capital, killing one soldier and wounding three others.



Report: U.S. rejected Iranian plan to end standoff over nuclear program:

Tehran proposed an immediate end to Western economic sanctions against it in exchange for gradual winding down of 20-percent uranium enrichment, according to a New York Times report.



UN Chief Says Sanctions Harm Iranians:

Iran’s general population is feeling the brunt of international sanctions as inflation and unemployment continue to rise and lifesaving medicines are in short supply, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a report to the U.N. General Assembly released Friday.



An act of war:

US Congress mulls extending Iran sanctions:


Menendez, who is a member of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations Committees, said he is also looking at ways to freeze an estimated 30 percent of Iran’s foreign currency reserves, held in banks outside the country.



‘Bahrain buys favorable CNN content’:

What CNN is doing is they are essentially creating what some people have termed “infomercials for dictators.” And that’s the sponsored content that they are airing on CNN International that is actually being paid for by regimes and governments.



IDF shoots down drone that penetrated Israeli airspace:

The Israeli Air Force shot down an unidentified aerial vehicle that penetrated Israel‘s airspace on Saturday. IDF forces shot down the drone over the Negev, south of Mount Hebron.



Israeli forces smash Palestinian’s head to ground: Video:

A video recently posted online shows brutality of Israeli forces against a Palestinian teenager during a protest in al-Quds (Jerusalem).



Thousands of Christians march in Jerusalem in support of Israel:

Waving Israeli flags, evangelical Israel supporters from around the world fill streets of downtown Jerusalem.



Libyan democracy hijacked: Op-Ed –

The Libyans clearly indicated in July what kind of government they wanted, and who should be in it. But things are not working out that way and the security situation is deteriorating



Private Army Formed to Fight Somali Pirates Leaves Troubled Legacy:

Its fate makes the story of the pirate hunters for hire a case study in the inherent dangers in the outsourced wars in Somalia, where the United States and other countries have relied on proxy forces and armed private contractors to battle pirates and, increasingly, Islamic militants.



UK terrorist suspects charged in US:

British nationals plead not guilty to aiding suspected Chechen and Afghan terrorist groups shortly after US arrival.



Debate: Romney Told 27 Myths In 38 Minutes


Romney only accomplished his goal by repeatedly misleading viewers. He spoke for 38 minutes of the 90 minute debate and told at least 27 myths:



No More Excuses: Op-Ed:

It’s time to stop making excuses for Barack Obama. With so much at stake in this election, his performance at the debate on Wednesday night was indefensible.



UK: Almost 1.2m low paid people could see benefits reduced under new government scheme:

Under the shake-up, the low paid will have to show that they are unable to push up their wages any further by finding better paid work, increasing their hours or taking on an extra job



Foreclosure mills in the clear; Florida closes cases with no findings:

The probes, opened by former attorney general Bill McCollum in 2010, ended not with the swiftness of a gavel falling, but in a slow fizzle of court judgments, law firm implosions and the firing of two top state investigators by Attorney General Pam Bondi.



Tulsa American Airlines plant to lay off 450:

About 450 mechanics and fleet service workers at American Airlines’ Tulsa maintenance base will be laid off by February, the company and union officials announced Friday.



Poverty rises dramatically in Michigan:

This is the largest increase in poverty in any state in the country. Three-fourths of this rise occurred before the recession began in 2008



Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,197


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001




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